Mercedes-Benz sponsors the Race of Runway at Edinburgh Airport for 2nd year running
For the second year, Mercedes-Benz is sponsoring the event, which invites owners of high-performance cars of all makes and variants to test their cars without fear of being booked, on the extensive runway at Edinburgh Airport. In return, they just need to make a donation to the Hospice.
The seven AMG road cars, with a combined power output of over 3,000 hp, will be heading to Scottish capital city: From the most able hot hatch of them all, the A 45 AMG to the new, 360 hp GLA 45 AMG; the C 63 AMG Black Series; the fastest E-Class on the road, the E 63 AMG S Estate; the SL 63 AMG Roadster; and the gullwing SLS AMG Black Series.
Anthony Davidson to create a stir at Edinburgh airport during the Mercedes-Benz Race the Runway
The ultimate addition to the runway will be the Silver Arrow Mercedes AMG F1 W03 Formula One car, driven in 2012 by seven-time F1 Champion Michael Schumacher, and raced to victory by Nico Rosberg in the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. Piloted on the day by the team’s Development Driver and sports presenter Anthony Davidson, spectators will witness the full power of the Brixworth-built V8 engine, developing up to 750hp as it powers the F1 W03, weighing just 600 kg, on racing slick tyres.
Taking the form of a series of heats, the event attracts supercars from all over the world, with the fastest car from each heat progressing to the next stage. Last year, the finalists were achieving around 290 Km/h (180 mph) on the runway.
The rest of the airport remains open throughout the drag races, lending the event a dramatic spectacle for pilots and plane passengers alike as aircraft taxi to and from the Terminal buildings.
The organizers hope that the drag race event can raise awareness and funds for the Hospice cause. The crowd is expected to get doubly excited when Davidson powers the F1 car across the long runway strip of the Edinburgh airport.